You’ve been feeling off for a while now. It’s hard to fall asleep at night—even when you’re not streaming old Sex and the City episodes—and at work, you find yourself feeling distracted and anxious. Could this uneasy feeling be depression? Maybe it’s tied to something specific, like a breakup or an argument with your mom about your kid’s day care. Regardless of the source of this feeling you can’t shake, you’ve finally come to the decision that you’d like to talk to a therapist. But with your schedule, it’s easier said than done.
And then you remember text therapy—using an app to talk to a psychologist on the phone instead of having to physically show up for an appointment. It seems like a great time-saver. But is texting with a therapist actually effective? Well, the answer is…complicated.